Zebras are animals that live in the Pride Lands.
Zebras have black and white stripes that are typically vertical on the head, neck, forequarters, and main body, with horizontal stripes at the rear and on the legs of the animal. A zebra's main predator is the lion, but since zebras are herd animals, the stripes may help to confuse predators - a number of zebras standing or moving close together may appear as one large animal, making it more difficult for the lion to pick out any single zebra to attack. Zebras live on the plains, in mountains and in grasslands.
They only appear arriving at Simba's presentation and cheering then bowing with the other animals. They appear again towards the end of the film, cheering alongside some elephants, after Simba has rightfully taken the throne when he and his queen, Nala, present their cub.
In the song I Just Can't Wait to be King, some seem to appear when Simba tells the animals to look left and to look right. Also Simba and Nala walk through a row of them during the song(who promptly turn their backs on Zazu).
Zebras make occasional appearances in the television series. The first episode where a zebra is seen is in "Kenya Be My Friend?," when Timon, after he and Pumbaa end their friendship after an argument, looks for a new Bestest Best friend.
They are shown at Kiara's presentation, and partake in the song, "Not One of Us", when driving Kovu out of the Pride Lands. Also, when Vitani and Nuka set fire to the Pride Lands, two zebras are seen frantically making their way out. When the war with Pridelanders and Outsiders is about to unfold, they are shown running out of the crossfire with various other animals.
- "Anonymous Zebra: "Oh look, the rhinos are bowing"
Anonymous Zebra #2: Ooh, we better bow too.""
- —Two zebras preparing to bow
They appear in the prequel/part parallel film when the adventures of Timon and Pumbaa begin to coincide with the events of The Lion King at this point. Several zebras are seen attending the presentation like in the original film. Some notably appear when a few animals collapse in the back due to Pumbaa's demophobia-triggered flatulence problem, two male zebras upfront see this and believe that the fallen animals are bowing, and soon they and all the other animals begin to bow to The King.
Because of a terrible drought that shakes the savanna, zebras and other grazers vacate the grasslands in search of food elsewhere.
- Zebras and horses are apart of the same Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, and Genus. What separates them and Horses is that Zebras are part of the Subgenus Hippotigris and Dolichohippus, horses are part of the Species E. ferus and Subspecies E. f. caballus.
- Contrary to popular belief, Zebras are black with white stripes, as proven by embryonic studies.
Gallery of Zebras from the Franchise
Gallery of Real Zebras